J. Michael Adams, the former president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, has died. He was 64.

A university spokesman says Adams died Thursday at Morristown Medical Center.

Adams went on medical leave last fall after serving as president of New Jersey's largest private university since 1999. Last month he announced his retirement.

Adams was originally diagnosed with a blood disorder that led to an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant. He was subsequently diagnosed with leukemia.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters. FDU began a national search for a new president after he announced his retirement.

The university has campuses in Teaneck and Madison.

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